Silver jewellery, crafted by men, is an important element of Miao dress. Girls and women wear heavy silver bracelets, necklaces, earrings and crowns; silver plaques are stitched to their clothes. The Miao wear their clothes in multiple layers that indicate a family’s wealth. Poorer families cannot afford numerous layers of skirts and jackets, or extensive silver jewellery, even though each member of the community strives to have at least one elaborate outfit.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011
Large silver dress fastener hook with ornamentation
Ornament worn on the back
Dee Court Fund 2008
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
One hundred flowers (2011), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2011–15 Jan 2012